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GIMP: the closest thing to Photoshop's smart object?

I've been learning GIMP as an alternative to Photoshop, which I haven't been using for design purposes for more than 5 years now. I discovered that there is a new interesting thing called the smart ...
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How can I make the alpha in a layer proportional to the darkness?

I have a layer that I want to merge and I want the dark colors in the layer to have more weight. How can I make it so that black pixels are 100% opacity, white pixels are 0%, and #7F7F7F pixels are ...
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Gimp – blend between layers controlled by a heightmap

Suppose, I have a gray-scaled height map and ten layers with different diffuse textures or solid color textures. I would like to blend these texture layers in a way determined by the heightmap, as ...
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Why can't I fill a selection with color using GIMP?

I am quite new to GIMP. I created some text and set it along a path. I created a selection with the same shape as my text. If I try to fill this selection with a color (Cmd. or Cmd,) GIMP appears to ...
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scan/fax with text & numbers in black & white - how to improve/cleanup/enhance using Photoshop/GIMP?

I do not have a lot of experience with Photoshop or GIMP. I have a scanned or faxed document of an invoice/receipt that I am trying to submit to get reimbursed. I was mailed a copy with text that is ...
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What is the correct name of this filter?

Normally, this is what would you would see if you magnified older newspaper images printed in color. (check the background of the attached image) What is this filter called? How can I recreate this ...
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GIMP opens JPG file with different colors

I have a JPG file (produced in Illustrator, from the EXIF tag) which, when opened with GIMP, displays the colors differently from any other program I have (e.g. Firefox, eog, gThumb, etc.). Here's ...
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Is there a Photoshop equivalent to Gimp's Bump Map filter?

I'm following a tutorial on fantasy cartography. It was written for Gimp, and I've been figuring out how to convert the steps to Photoshop (CS6) as I go along. The step "Bump Mapping your Height ...
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How to make PNG-quality animations in GIF format?

I've noticed more and more sites using animated GIFs that have PNG quality. You'd think they're the latter if you didn't check the image info. The lines are crisp, the colors look great, there's none ...
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Isolating red ink with GIMP/Photoshop

As a puzzle author, I often write puzzles with red ink and then test-solve them with pencil. What would be the most efficient way to remove the pencil and blue gridlines from the paper to leave only ...
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How to show boundary of every layer in Gimp?

Using Gimp, I am working on a sprite image made of lots of icons, each on a separate layer. I would like to check that there is no overlap by displaying the outline of all layers. There is an option ...
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Why does my transparent PNG not look good?

I want to convert a JPG to transparent and using GIMP I added alpha layers and transparency same way I make a GIF transparent I converted it to PNG but it doesn't display well when I load it on my ...
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Using GIMP to extract a background from a set of pictures

I've got a set of pictures of a group of people that were taken on a tripod. Some of the people moved between pictures, and I want to extract a common background so I can combine the backgrounds to ...
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Gimp 2.6.12: modify alpha channel while preserving color

This is for a video game in which a specularity mask is in the alpha channel of the normalmap. I need to create an image where the alpha value for some pixels are 0 (to indicate no specularity,) but ...
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How can I modify text/shapes created early and have effects previously built on those elements propagate automatically?

I have an image with the effect of wooden text inlaid within another species of wood. I would now like to change the text. However, I would then need to reapply all of the layer masking, resizing ...
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how can I collaborate using GIMP2?

most of the collab tools for drawing that I've seen so far cost too much, and lack features. GIMP does everything that I want, but unfortunately I don't know of a way to draw with 2 or more people ...
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Gimp paintbrush blendmodes usage

While I can understand singularly every blend mode of the paintbrush from the math point of view, I cannot find a use for most of them (the only ones I used are for drawing a castle and these were ...
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Change the blue shades to white shades

I have an image of many different colors. I want to turn anything that is predominantly blue into being predominantly white, while leaving the other colors unchanged. So if the RGB of the image has ...
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How Can I View Applied Filters in Gimp

I would like to see the filters that are applied to a (text or image) layer in GIMP. Is this possible? Thanks in advance
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GIMP: Toggle show/hide all non print extras

In GIMP, is there a way to quickly toggle all visible guides, grids, selection boxes, etc that are cluttering the display? I'm hoping there's something that's one key stroke instead of the way I ...
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Swap Colors (not Invert them) in Gimp

I know how to Invert Colors but is it possible to swap Colors? For example from this one: To this one: So that I select one Area and then swap Colors (or even the full Layer/Picture)? By the way ...
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Erase a single pixel in GIMP

I am trying to illustrate in GIMP 2.8 with pixel-perfect precision. The pencil tool allows me to fill in a single pixel without any fuzzy edges or anti-aliasing. However, the eraser tool operates more ...
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Convert image into mask

I have a green background picture with some shadows. I would like to use it as a mask so I can place it on background with any color (e.g. red or pink) and get the same style of shadows. I tried ...
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How do you get transparent colour on Gimp?

In the colour selection I have been searching for a transparent option, but I can't find one. How can I do it?
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GIMP: Ellipse position from center

I know that I can create an ellipse from the center. However, inside the tool properties panel, "Position" refers to the top-left corner. How could I change its position based on its center point? I ...
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How to create an 16× error/difference image using GIMP or Photoshop

I need to create a quality comparison between two rendering methods by showing the difference of the results akin to figure 6 in [Walter et al. 2005] (p. 5): (Image copyright by Walter et al. 2005). ...
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How to have multiple views in single window mode using GIMP?

I'd like a real-time preview while editing icons in GIMP. I know that you can press View > New View to get a real-time preview window, however in single window mode gimp puts the preview in a ...
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How to do material design effects in GIMP

I have been trying like crazy to get the material design shadowing right. Below is the image I created using GIMP. I have the drop shadow, but I think it kind-of needs to go all around the circles and ...
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Gimp - How to loop a gif seamlessly?

So I'm new at editing and I'm trying to insert gifs but somehow it always ends up with a gap after the gif ends and looks weird, I have no idea how can I change that :/ can anyone help me please?
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Export PNG image without alpha channel in GIMP

How do I export a PNG image without alpha channel in GIMP? I have checked a lot, but I can’t find this. I found an option to export PNG images without alpha channel in Inkscape, but I am not familiar ...
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how do I import an eps into GIMP with a different background color?

I'd like to import an image into GIMP and have it antialiaed with a custom background color. I don;t see a way to import an eps that doesn;t automatically set the color to anti-alias against as white. ...
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Round sharp edges of icon using GIMP or PIXLR

I am trying to make icon and small clip-arts to use in my app but the artwork I import has very sharp edges and they screw up the cleanliness of the app. How to buffer the edges I am using Pixlr ...
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Editing PNG in GIMP: is it possible to remove lines (used as arrows) and extrapolate the now blank squares?

I'm using GIMP to prepare this PNG file for vectorization in Inkscape. I've noticed that the vectorization process makes removing these lines far more tedious after the vectorization than before. ...
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Gimp always displays the wrong color for transparent layers

I have a problem (which I had previously on completely another Ubuntu and older versions of Gimp [now I have the latest - 2.8.10]). When I open PSDs with transparent layers, they get displayed in a ...
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How do I insert arrows into a picture in GIMP?

I'd like to insert perfect arrows (the sort you can make using Inkscape: straight, symmetric tips, of customizable width and length, etc.) into images in GIMP. At the moment the closest thing to this ...
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How do I unselect items in GIMP?

I'm currently using GIMP to add text captions and lines into a screenshot. The problem is that once I finished one caption I couldn't add any more lines (using the Paint Brush tool). If I close the ...
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How to edit jQWidgets png files?

I'm using GIMP to do the editing in the png file I've shown below. On selecting one of the arrows and trying to paint it red, the colour just does not turn red. It stays grey. I'm just unable to make ...
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Gimp: Pick color on screen without taking screenshot

Sometimes I want to quickly use a color that I see on a picture, website or program. I usually take a screenshot then open it in Gimp and use the "Color Picker" tool. Is there another way to do this ...
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Is there a way to select multiple sprites from a sprite sheet in GIMP?

After you've made the background transparent, color selected the background and inverted the selection to outline all the character sprites: Is there a shortcut or some quicker method/program/tool to ...
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Gimp grid strange behavior - feature or bug?

When I create a grid in Gimp (a 32x32px grid with 0x0px offset), the distance between the top edge of the image, and the first grid line, is 31 pixels, almost like the grid starts one pixel above the ...
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GIMP: 'move layer' stops working

I'm having intermittent problems with GIMP, where the 'move layer' command suddenly stops working. The mouse pointer changes to the one below: When I make an explicit selection, e.g. CTRL-A on a ...
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How to select more layers with GIMP?

For example in Adobe Photoshop I would just shift+click. How do I do that in GIMP?
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What are useful brush dynamics and tool presets in GIMP 2.8?

In previous versions of GIMP only pressure was recognized by the brush tool. It wasn't much but it was simple. The new GIMP 2.8 introduces an all new brush dynamics system with a ton of customization ...
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Gimp exports blank png image!

I'm trying to use Gimp to export a small line-style icon with a transparent background. It looks good in Gimp (black icon on the checkerboard of transparency), but the image disappears when exported ...
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Creating this 3d map perspective?

I am trying to create a custom image overlay on leaflet.js. For sake of learning something new, I am trying to lay over the co-ordinates on a 3D-looking map. For example (the map inside the red ...
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Importing eps files as layers in Gimp

I have been trying to create an animation using 300 eps files. When I try to open all the 300 files as layers (File -> open As Layers), a dialog box appears for each file with the heading "Import from ...
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How do you use a non-alpha channel selection with basic paint tools?

Get your selection > Save to channel > Set channel as selection How do you use things like pen, paintbrush, fill, exc. at this point? When I go to use them they are in my edit history but I don't ...
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Getting GIMP to recognize content outside old borders

I've been trying to create an image showing mitoxantrone (a chemo drug) intercalating DNA, as part of this I've had to combine two structures -- a DNA strand with the molecule found therein and the ...
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How to smooth a scanned image using Gimp

I have drawn an image which I then scanned into the computer and saved as a png. I just want to make the lines smooth on the image. The image is a logo Any help is much appreciated. I am using ...
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Make image partially transparent in gimp

I want my image to have 60% transparency. How can I do this in gimp?